So just how are we doing on the land of the free these days? Let's see:
First, The Boston Globe reported on Bush the Second's assertions that he can ignore more than 750
laws, laws he himself signed, including military rules,
affirmative-action law provisions, requirements to report to Congress about
immigration services problems, nuclear regulatory whistle-blower
protections, and laws against political interference in research.
The Globe notes that W is the first president in modern history to never
veto a bill, thus making him immune from veto-overrides; instead, he signs
them and then quietly files "signing statements" in the federal register,
in which he lays out his "legal interpretation" of the bill. These often
assert that the president has the right to ignore numerous sections of the
bills -- including provisions negotiated with Congress in order to get
the bills passed in the first place.